As we wind down 2019, I, like always, resolve to read more in the coming year. If you’re looking to do the same, I’m sharing my own list of books I read, and recommend, in 2019 in no particular order.
Note: I joined a ladies’ book club this past year, so many of the titles you’ll find here stem from that challenge. I liked some more than others, but I’m glad it expanded my horizons and challenged me to read new books, often with a more feminist bend. While it’s not as lofty as Barak Obama’s yearly book list, you may find a few you’d like to try.
- Girls Burn Brighter: A Novel, by Shabha Rao – described by Vogue as “Incandescent…A searing portrait of what feminism looks like in much of the world.”
- The Institute: A Novel by Stephen King – described by the New York Times as “the most riveting and unforgettable story of kids confronting evil since It.”
- Blood and Smoke by Stephen King – a collection of short stories by the master of modern fiction.
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty -the number-one New York Times best-selling novel about the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
- The Man in the Black Suit: 4 Dark Tales by Stephen King described as a masterful collection of short stories.
- Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate – described as a “thought-provoking [and] complex tale about two families, two generations apart…based on a notorious true-life scandal in Memphis TN in 1939.”
- The Gingerbread Girl by Stephen King – an emotional story about a girl who starts running after her baby’s sudden death, and finds that she can’t stop.
- Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult – described as “the riveting story of a murder that shatters the picturesque calm of Amish country – and tests the heart and soul of the lawyer defending the woman at the center of the storm.”
- Room by Emma Donoghue – from Amazon: “Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.”
- Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed – described as “a powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an 1100-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe – and built her back up again.”
- Becoming by Michelle Obama, an intimate and inspiring memoir by the former first lady of the United States.
- The Testaments by Margaret Atwood – described as “a modern masterpiece, a powerful novel that can be enjoyed on its own or as a companion to Margaret Atwood’s classic, The Handmaid’s Tale.”
- Marketing Rebellion: The Most Human Company Wins by Mark Schaefer – “Through new research, singular insights, and inspiring case studies, this book challenges your view of what it means to be a marketer today and provides an innovative blueprint for business growth.”
- The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein – described as ” A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope…”
- Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell – described as a powerful examination of our interactions with people we don’t know.
- City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert – described by PopSugar as “A spellbinding novel about love, freedom, and finding your own happiness.”
- An American Marriage by Tayari Jones – described by Amazon as “This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control.”